Born in 1967, Kyoto, Japan. Yoko Akino had a solo show in 1995, Coloured Line Drawings, Maronne Gallery, Kyoto, Japan. Before moving to Ireland in 1996 where she joined the Graphic Studio Dublin and took part in the Temple Bar International Print Show. She has continued printmaking since then and has participated in numerous group and solo shows.
‘I have always been interested in lines; the curved shapes of the human body, the geometry of architecture and shadow, and the dynamic ripples and motion of the natural world. With copper-plate etching and aquatint I can produce the crisp lines and colours of the world as I see it, often with a focus on the interplay and contrast of stillness and motion. My influences are also emotional and spiritual. From my childhood in a traditional village in the forested mountains near Kyoto to my life today, with a young family beside the hills and waters of the Cooley Peninsula, my work emerges from lived experience. In its creation I grow in appreciation and wonder for all that life offers and in my understanding of its gifts.’
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